Dear Family and Friends,
Hey, it's been a while since I've had a full hour and a half for email
time. I made sure we're doing it first today. So, transfer emails
came. And, I'm transferring. But my next area is going to be a way
hard culture shock.
Next transfer, I've been called to serve in Yokosuka. My companion and
I will be over the Military Ward and the Japanese Branch. Well, it's
way interesting. Because that means I'll be attending church in
English and then going to church in Japanese. Five hours of church
every week, and at least three member meals and tons of American
people.... Sighhhhh. I love the Japanese people. But I also love
America people. So I guess that is why my companion will be Sister
Ogawa! We are going to rock it! I am so excited. President Wada asked
what I thought about it, and I told him I was comfortable with it. The
Spirit helped me feel that it's where I need to go. It'll be great, I
I am learning so much about faith right now. Our faith has the power
to change the course of events. And I have been lacking in faith
I am sad to be leaving Shonan Ward. I've been here for three
transfers, and it has been picking up recently. The work will continue
to move forward, and it's because of the members.
So, there's a downside to riding bikes everywhere. You end up
swallowing bugs. >.< on at least three different occasions these last
two weeks, I accidentally swallowed bugs while riding my bicycle.
Haha. It's what I get for breathing through my mouth.
Well, lots of crazy things happened. First! Last week on Tuesday I
was able to participate in a wondeful training on three new pamphlets
that were made specifically for people without a Christian background!
I am excited to use them!
But the best thing about the training was who taught us. When I was at
the MTC, I attended a meeting that was for the missionaries going to
Japan, and he challenged us to speak only Japanese for our last two
weeks, and not speak English. Well, it changed my mission. And not to
mention increased my faith. It was him who taught us about using the
pamphlets. I was surprised and delighted to see him there. He didn't
remember it (it was a whole year or so ago, after all) but he was
humble, and said that if anything good came out of it, we know where
that came from, pointing upwards. He is pretty amazing at Japanese
himself. His name is Brother Mills.
So, Happy Father's Day! And this week is Independence Day. I bet in my
hometown it already is going off everywhere. Be safe, ok? ^.^ around
September is when the fireworks go off here. Everyone's celebrating
the end of Summer while they can before school starts. And then you
hear cannons go off everywhe.... Oh wait, hold on, I'm spending Fourth
of July on a base......... Just when you think you're in Japan.
Well, I think that's all for today.
I testified yesterday at church, because it was my last Sunday in
Shonan. President Wada was there on a special visit. And I testified
about how Jesus, in His last moments with His disciples didn't focus
on how He was leaving, but His main focus was to strengthen them. He
was indeed the perfect example. I love Shonan Ward.
This is really a last minutes email! Haha. Maybe it's a June thing.
Last year in June I had no time for emails either. Haha. Sigh..
ごめんなさい m(_ _)m
Wo transfers being next week, we'll see how much time I get! :) love
you all, the gospel is so true! The Lord guides the work. It is such a
Dear Family and Friends,
Excuse the video at the end of this email. :) it was just what I was
feeling at the time.
The work is going good now. There are more promised blessings ahead as
we continue to open our mouths and share what we know to be true.
How is the faith in the world going? What about the way the church is
going? I love this church. I love the truth. I believe that the church
How do I know? God has told me. He will speak to us if we "listen".
Here's a fun fact about Japanese. The word for "listen" also can mean
"to ask". 聞く
This last week was full of activity. On Monday last week, we cleaned,
and cleaned, and cleaned, and made our apartment way pretty. Well,
then, we had Tuesday, and on Tuesday, we had a really awesome zone
meeting, and afterwards went to Tabehodai(all you can eat)
Shabu-Shabu(you cook meat and other vegetables in a pot with water,
and then eat it with a sauce you make), and for some reason, the
Elders who were there ordered the big menu. We couldn't eat it all!
But I persevered, and it was all eaten. I think I ate most of it.
Haha. Then, we had a lesson with Yuuko, and then we went to District
meeting, and then we visited someone the Elders had found housing. It
was busy. Well, the lesson went really well.
Then on Wednesday, we went back to visit Yuuko with a member, Sister
Gaitau ! Hooray!
Thursday, weekly Planning and various other things. :)
Friday, we visited the lady mentioned before again, taught a lesson,
but then she told us not to come back again. So, she said she wasn't
interested. It was sad. We did our best to testify, and also relate
the gospel to her, but those who aren't ready just are not ready yet.
Also! I got to go on exchanges with Sister Magleby!! And I learned a
ton from her. She is so dendo Fire! (Mission fire) she knows way well
how to House, and sticks straight to the purpose. I learned a lot. I
hope to go on exchanges with her again!
Also, I got to partipcate in ワクワククッキング in Atsugi, because of the
exchange. We made a ton of stained glass cookies with a couple of
investigators and the ward mission leader. It was great. I also got to
participate in two lessons! It was amazing How well the Atsugi sisters
So, Sunday was good, and at church we didn't have any investigators
come, which was way sad! We were really hoping that our friend would
come, but she decided to not come suddenly. But when she does, it will
Love you all, enjoy the pictures.
Dear Family! And Friends!
Dear Family and Friends,
Today, we had zone Pday, climbed a mountain, sang hymns, took
pictures, but the best thing was the discussion we had. At the top, we
sat under a pavilion and discussed how we can, as a zone, level up,
and continue on to he next step. In becoming the missionaries we can
become. I loved it. Especially when we all went down the giant slide
at the end, one by one. so fun! I had needed that kind of break.
Nothing makes you feel better than revelation and feeling the Spirit
through hymns. :) sung by a group of missionaries.
Well, not too much time today, unfortunately. :) but, I know hat the
Savior lives. We had a great sacrament meeting, and there were a
couple of other speakers, besides me, who were all able to testify
about the atonement. I love the Savior. We can't pay for what we can't
do right. We have no ability to do so, but through the Savior, we can.
I love this gospel. It has changed my life.
I know that God loves all His children.
"You are hereby called to serve in the Japan Tokyo South Mission."